Popular Shuttle Bus stops
Carding Mill Valley The National Trust looks after much of the Long Mynd. Carding Mill Valley is the ideal starting point to find out about the wildlife, history and conservation work on the Mynd. Events and activities are held throughout the year and lots of walks start here.
Church Stretton Set in the heart of the hills. There are plenty of cafes and interesting shops, including a huge antiques emporium, to browse. Lots of walks start/finish in Church Stretton, which is designated Walkers are Welcome town.
Shooting Box, Long Mynd & walks
- 2 mile walk into Carding Mill Valley. Use the Shuttle Bus to climb onto the Long Mynd and enjoy the down hill walk with breathtaking views.
- 5 mile walk to Bridges. Jump off at Shooting Box and follow the Portway heading north to join the Shropshire Way, route 8 to Bridges. At Bridges, catch the Shuttle Bus back to Church Stretton.
Bridges, Ratlinghope & walksThe Shuttle Bus stops next to the River Onny and outside the popular Bridges Country Pub (open from noon). There is also a Youth Hostel at Bridges.
Stiperstones National Nature Reserve & walks
This is a wild and atmospheric landscape. The Ordovician ‘Stiperstones Quartzite’, which makes up the ridge was shattered during the last ice age to create the jagged, boulder-strewn landscape seen today.
- The Stiperstones Stomp, 8km (5 mile) walk along the Stiperstones ridge to Habberley. The Mytton Arms is a welcome rest while you wait for the Shuttle Bus.
- Head to Snailbeach Mine for a shorter walk along the ridge and wait for the Shuttle Bus to pick you up! Plan your route using OS Explorer map 216.
- Or walk from the Reserve to the Bog Visitor Centre and enjoy a slice of homemade cake whilst you wait for the next Shuttle Bus. To walk to the visitor centre, go through the gate which leads up to the Stiperstones ridge. Follow the grassy path on the left which skirts around the ridge. This eventually leads you to a junction – turn left (right leads you up onto the ridge). Go through the gate on the left to reach the road. Cross the road and follow the waymarkers across the field to another gate. Entre the next field and head straight down, following an old hedgeline. Go through the kissing gate and follow path down to the Bog Mine and Visitor Centre.
The Bog Mine and Visitor Centre & walks A warm welcome awaits, along with homemade cakes, local crafts and displays on the wildlife and history of the area.
- 4.5 mile Flenny Bank Walk. A shorter walk through scattered mining remains to Shelve, Flenny Back and back.
- 5.5 mile Bog & Stiperstones Walk. Walk walk along the edge of the Stiperstones to Shelve and Flenny Bank.
- 6 mile Mucklewick Walk. This walk leads you through quiet borderland onto Mucklewick Hill and through Nipstone Nature Reserve.
- Nipstone Nature Reserve – stop at the Bog Visitor Centre. The volunteers at the Centre will be able to point you in the right direction for this nature reserve. You want to be heading south on a small lane from the Centre. Look out for the alpaca’s grazing in the fields on your right. The entrance to Nipstone is ahead on your left.
Stiperstones Village & walks Stop here for the popular Stiperstones Inn and village shop.
Snailbeach Lead Mine & walks The Shuttle Bus stops next to the village hall (and public toilets). The lead mine is a short walk from here. The mines in the Stiperstones area were once the most productive in Europe. You can wonder around the ruined 19th century mine buildings at your leisure or follow the self guided trail. Underground trips into Day Level when the Mine Visitor Centre open – see Shropshire Mines Trust facebook page.
- Walk to Blakemoorgate Cottages, restored miner’s squatter cottages. Open on the first Sunday of the month, 11am – 3pm (April – October). Contact Natural England for more information on 01743 792294.
- The Hollies and Brook Vessons Nature Reserves – stop at Snailbeach. To reach these nature reserves you must follow the fairly steep lane which leads you through the mine and up onto the Stiperstones ridge.
Minsterley & Pontesbury
Pulverbatch & walks The Shuttle bus stops outside the popular White Horse Inn.
- 7 mile walk over the Long Mynd will bring you back into Church Stretton. Use OS Explorer maps 241 & 217 to plan your walk.
- Walk to Cothercott and find out about barytes mining and what went on at this mill site. The Shuttle Bus passes the mill site just after 1130, 1230, 1430, 1530 & 1630